Music Celebrations International is pleased to present the Crescendo to Cremona Series as part of the American Celebration of Music in Italy!
Melded from Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations, Italian culture has influenced Western thought, art, music, literature, and civilization more than any other. As you travel from Rome to the finale in Cremona, the senses will almost reel from exposure to history, architecture, art, and beauty unequaled anywhere else in Europe.
Known around the world for its tradition of stringed instrument production, Cremona has been a famous music center since the 16th-century and still prides itself for its artisan workshops producing high-quality stringed instruments. Cremona’s finest resident luthier was Antonio Stradivari. It is estimated Stradivari produced over 1,000 instruments, of which only 650 survive today and are still some of the finest in the world.
A concert and experience in Italy is a return to the roots of Western Civilization. Regardless of one’s musical tastes – classical, church, ballad, opera, chant, symphonic, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Romantic, Baroque – these roots are all found in Italy. Our musical heritage certainly was born in Italy. Italians, with help from the French, invented the system of musical notation used today. Cremona produced violins by Stradivarius and Guarneri; the piano is an Italian invention. Italian composers like Verdi, Gabrieli, Monteverdi, Paganini, Vivaldi, Puccini and Rossini are household names. Select orchestras are invited to share their talents with appreciative audiences in glorious venues and spectacular settings throughout Italy as part of this unique concert series.